June 24, 2013 … a different aspect

You may recall that we recently had a significant storm.

Well halfway through this movie, someone must have switched reels, and suddenly we have calm sunny weather. If there is food around, the birds don’t care, one way or the other. And with Mary around, the birds are always going to get fed!

Waxeye looking "cute"

Actually, I think they look the same, whether cute or angry.

This little waxeye is perched in a macrocarpa tree that was once our family Christmas tree, and is waiting for a vacancy on the feeder.

I am always intrigued by the way that the waxeye can look cute, or angry, and yet nothing changes. It’s pretty hard to make a beak “smile”.

In the afternoon, Mary and I went to a concert of Gregorian chant put on by the very talented choir of the church of St Mary of the Angles in Boulcott Street. From my first exposure to Wellington in the mid sixties, that church has always had a superb choir. Of course back then, Maxwell Fernie was the choirmaster and he was a musical giant. The current choirmaster is a former professor of music at Victoria University, and despite the very small size of the choir now, he too, manages to coax a wonderful sound.

St Mary of the Angels

The Junior choir is rehearsing at the front

The building itself contributes to this. It is a ferro-cement building in the Gothic style, built to the design of Frederic de Jersey Clere and opened in 1922. At present it is subject to severe warnings about its ability to resist earthquakes.  It has a warm wooden charm inside and provides a pleasant contrast to the larger blocks in the neighbourhood.

Unlikely neighbours

The Majestic Centre is one of the largest high-rise buildings in Wellington

After the concert, Mary and I went up to the Mt Victoria lookout in hopes of getting a good shot of the “supermoon” rising. As we waited in the clear chilly evening, I took some shots of the view from the top and in particular, of the sunset over the city.

The sun has gone

I love our city and harbour

The moon rose, and I took a few shots but somehow the settings are all wrong.

Supermoon arising over the Eastern hills

I shall keep trying over the next day or so

On the way home we paused at the bottom of the hill, and I couldn’t help but be astonished that this is the same place from which just two days earlier, I had photographed the tug struggling to hold the ferry against the screaming wind.

Can this really be the same city?

Winds of up to 200 km/h just two days ago.

Enough for today.

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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One Response to June 24, 2013 … a different aspect

  1. Toya says:

    Love the waxeye and the church images, the juxtaposition between the old and the new is good too. I would like to see the moon shot in black and white, it might improve it for you. It’s a great shot, just the colour is a bit wrong.

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